After four years of not having a tree, a faraway friend inspired me to put one up again (you know, that tradition thing). Back when we had a rambunctious dog. I had decided on getting a small artificial tree (yes I decided on artificial because I don’t like to kill things) that I put on a table. It can’t be knocked over by a careless tail, and I use all my favorite ornaments, with no plain glass balls allowed. This collection started small and has been added to over the years. When we used to travel to scientific conventions, L’s wife and I would always end up at a Christmas store, and some of these ornaments were purchased then. Many of the others were bought at the after-Christmas sales because I hate to pay full retail price for anything.
These African beaded ornaments were purchased in San Antonio, near the Alamo.
The lion came from San Francisco, I don’t remember about the dog.
Every tree needs some birds flying around it, and what says “Christmas” as much as a parrot. (You could really teach a parrot to say this).
The lizard was made in Africa and I can’t remember if M bought it there or if I got it from somewhere in the US. I think the poison dart frog was purchased in Denver and the rest I got in town somewhere.
What is it about me and frogs? This isn’t even all of my frog ornaments. I guess I like frogs because they are funny and cheerful.
I don’t know about the mouse jester, but the humahumanukunukuapua’a was definitely bought in Hawai’i.
St. Nicholas belongs to the season, but I’m not so sure about the gargoyle, giraffe or Northern Pike. (Yes, they are part of Christmas too!)
But of all my ornaments, these are perhaps my very favorites. Small plastic dinosaurs with adorable faces, and just the right touch of holiday spirit. I have had these for about 30 years, and I purchased them right here in town.